BlueStacks have just announced the release the GamePop subscription based Android game console for TV. BlueStacks have been busy bringing Android to the PC and Mac via the BlueStacks app player and it has become quite popular over the past few months. This announcement still comes as a surprise. If you pre order before the end of May you can get the console and a game pad for free. After that expect to pay no more than $100. The console is expected to ship before the end of the year so it’s still early days for Gamepop. Ouya and GameStick will be shipping at the end of June and will have a head start. It will be interesting to see how consumers react to such a subscription offering. Expect to pay around $184 for the console and 12 months subscription to play any game.
BlueStacks is selling GamePop exclusively through its own site. After the first round of shipments GamePop will likely begin showing up in stores next year. The manufacturer hasn’t yet been revealed. The company has already struck distribution agreements with several recognizable names in the PC ecosystem, like Intel, AMD, Asus, MSI and Lenovo, it’s probably safe to say that at least one of those companies played a hand in the design, production and distribution.
Competition within budget consoles is now strong. BlueStacks will be trying to grab customers with content deals, which include a handful of top game developers, like Glu Mobile, Halfbrick and OutFit7, for example, as well as Intellijoy, Deemedya and Droidhen. More will be announced over the next few months, the company tell us.
So would you pay a low fee monthly to access loads of games at once, or do you prefer to pay per game? Let as know below?